In recent years, many school systems throughout the country have slowly been getting rid of their art programs and focusing more on core subjects such as math and reading. However, many believe the importance of art in creating a well-rounded learning environment. Art provides many important skills to children and is an essential element in teaching children the value of being unique. While many organizations have been adapting arts into their STEM programs, changing the name to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math), others are slower to understand the sheer importance of incorporating art into education. Here are the top five reasons why art is so important in a child’s development:
One of the most stand-out qualities learned from art classes is creativity. Art allows individuals to express themselves. Students learn to appreciate and respect each other’s differences. Learning to be creative at an early age will benefit students throughout their lives, where often those who think outside of the box and bring new innovative solutions to the table are rewarded.
Staring at a blank canvas can be intimidating for many. No matter what the medium is, art requires critical thinking skills as students observe, use logic, reasoning, and problem-solving to achieve their desired outcome. The critical thinking skills gained through art education can be applied to several other subjects throughout a child’s education.
Creating works of art that you are proud of is a great boost in one’s confidence. Often, students will step out of their comfort zone to try something new in art class. Art provides a safe space, where students can learn and grow and take pride in their work.
According to the Social Science Research Network, 65 percent of us are visual learners. Art teaches kids how to interpret the world through something other than numbers and words. Art education can also help kids develop spatial skills, and understand the importance of interpretation.
In a diverse society, art allows students to not only create work based on their own experiences but to learn more about people from other walks of life. Art offers a unique platform to discuss different cultures and current events occurring in the news. A high level of empathy and appreciation is gained through art.